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Original Sin and Its Consequences
The prospect of original sin determining our standing with God (regardless of our knowledge of Him and his desires), has been a longstanding belief across many faith sets. The same principle essentially holds true with the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto and its extended faith network of interconnected churches. The concept itself is derived from the notion of Eve’s deliberate sin within the beginning of the Bible in Genesis. Her transgression and the subsequent transgression of Adam in following suit led to the event termed “The Fall” and separated man from God both physically and spiritually.
The idea of “original sin” has long been in debate, but the former explanation is what is held as truth within the Greek Orthodox catechism. Due to the fact that initially, Eve was presented with two conflicting commandments by God “Multiply and replenish the Earth” and “Do not partake of the fruit”, it has been difficult to try and determine exactly how both could possibly have been obeyed. Adam and Eve had been in a perfect state of innocence, not knowing their own nakedness, let alone what was necessary to multiply and replenish the earth. Had they been able to produce children within the perfect state of the garden of Eden, there would have been no trials or tribulations or challenges to their posterity, which would have resulted in no spiritual or physical growth.
Because the trials of this life are explicitly designed to test us, it would make sense that the decision of Eve to partake of the fruit was conscious, not in an effort to give into temptation, but in making the choice to obey the higher law given to her by God, that was not then possible without partaking of the fruit of knowledge. Adam then had to also partake, lest he be alone in the garden and he and Eve separated forever. This way of looking at the situation also explains why God put an angel in front of the tree of eternal life, to prevent Adam and Eve from partaking of that fruit and being in an immortal but sinful state (having knowledge as God, and having eternal life, as God, but not being clean like Him). The inherent danger was enough to cause God to expel them from the garden of Eden and begin to live their lives in the fallen world, the struggles of which were designed to strengthen, refine, and purify their hearts and souls. They were able to seek repentance in this world and to become clean again before God as they also met the higher law of multiplying and replenishing the earth.